Maritime Technology Apprenticeship Program

Kingsborough Community College, part of the City University of New York system, announces the launch of its groundbreaking new Maritime Technology Apprenticeship Program (MTAP), the first Department of Labor approved apprenticeship for marine mechanics in the nation. An outgrowth of the college’s existing two-year maritime degree, the new four-year apprenticeship offers students hands-on classroom and on-the-job training that prepares them for careers as service technicians aboard vessels or in shore site settings. The program was developed in partnership with the Empire State Marine Trades Association (ESMTA), a New York State membership organization dedicating to advancing the interests of the marine trades industry.

Following a traditional “learn and earn” apprenticeship model, students in the MTAP will participate in classroom training once per week while working with an approved business partner the other four days under the guidance of a trained mentor. In total, students complete 8,000 hours of hands-on training in areas such as diesel and gasoline engine repair, electrical systems, welding, vessel systems, marina operations and basic boat handling. Wages start at $16 per hour, gradually increasing to $22 per hour as students enter the final year of the program.

Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in maritime technology, nationally recognized certifications and most importantly, they are guaranteed a job.

Gracen Ulrich working at Seacoast Enterprises Associates, Inc. Nicholas Jones working at Midcoast Performance Marine

Marine Technician Apprentices working at their employers. From left to right: Gracen Ulrich employed by Seacoast Enterprises Associates, Inc. and Nicholas Jones employed by Midcoast Performance Marine. Scroll to the bottom of the page to watch a short clip on what they  have to say about the program!

To view the MTAP Photo Gallery CLICK HERE. See apprentices at Kingsborough Community College and in the field at their employers.


APPRENTICE NEWS: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMEA) at their annual meeting held in Orlando, Florida recently awarded one of two $2,500 scholarships to Tyler Perlow an MTAP apprentice working at Strong’s Marine in Mattituck, New York. Click here to read the full story.


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For more information please contact: Conrad Kreuter, Executive Director, MTAP Empire State Marine Trades Association 516-449-7076


See what Marine Service Technician Apprentices have to say about the program in the video below!